Auburn vs. Wachusett preview

January 18, 2013
Auburn vs. Wachusett preview
By Jake Denver

The Worcester Sharks will hold the 3rd Annual High School Hockey Face Off between the Auburn Rockets (2-5-0) and the Wachusett Mountaineers (7-1-1) on Saturday at 4pm before the Sharks take the ice to face off against the Adirondack Phantoms at 7pm. This should be an exciting game between two teams fighting to compete to be Quinn conference leaders as the Mountaineers are in second place while the Rockets trail in fourth place. The last time these two teams met the Mountaineers beat the Tigers 4-1 at the North Star Youth Forum in Westboro, Massachusetts on January 9th.

The Auburn Rockets are led by senior forward/defenseman Derek Piekurczyk whose 2 goals and 10 assists makes him the team leader in points. Senior forward Joe Fahey leads the Rockets in scoring with 5 goals on the season and has 4 assists to make his 9 points the second highest on the team. Sophomore net minder Evan Lockwood has a 3.38 goals against average and a 0.854 save percentage. Auburn will look to bounce back after a 4-1 loss to Fitchburg/Monty Teach on Friday, January 11th.

The Wachusett Mountaineers are led by Junior forward Marc Happy who has an impressive 12 goals and 10 assists so far this season making him the team leader in points. Senior forward Colin Bennie leads the Mountaineers in assists with 13 and has added 7 goals for a total of 20 points. Wachusett goalies Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jake Strasser share time between the pipes for the Mountaineers. Senior Ryan Fitzpatrick has a 1.00 goals against average and a 0.909 save percentage and junior Jake Strasser has a goals against average of 1.97 and save percentage of 0.914 for the Mountaineers. Wachusett is coming into the game after a 10-1 win over Fitchburg/Monty Tech on Saturday, January 12th.

Don’t Forget! Following the High School Hockey Face Off, the New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be at the DCU center to spike the opening puck drop. The first 4,000 fans will receive a Gronk Spike bobblehead brought to you by Enterprise Cleaning Corporation.

For ticket information call 508-929-0500

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